Bits after the bye

Some items to think about as the Packers prepare to play at Minnesota Sunday:

Bye, bye: If history is any indication, good things are on the horizon for the Packers. In each of their last 12 seasons, the Packers have posted a winning record after their bye.

The Packers enjoyed their NFL-mandated bye Sunday.

Prior to 2005, the last time the Packers headed into the bye with a sub-.500 record was in 2003. That year, the Packers went from 3-4 before the bye to 7-2 after the bye.

This is just the third time the Packers entered a bye with one win. In 1993, the Packers took their break at 1-1 and finished 9-7. In 1991, the Packers were 1-5 when the NFL's first bye arrived and finished 4-12.

Bye bye II: The Packers have been hot lately following the bye.

The Packers have won their last four – including two over the Vikings – after the bye. In addition, the Pack has won five of its last six after the bye. The only blemish was a 28-20 setback to the Miami Dolphins in 2000.

Overall, the Packers are 9-7 in games after the break.

Bye bits: Sunday will be the Packers' sixth meeting with the Vikings coming off a bye. The Packers are 3-2 against the Vikes after the bye. … The Packers have ended their bye with a win over the Vikings in each of the last two years. The Packers won at Minnesota 30-27 in 2003 and prevailed 34-31 at home in 2004. … The Packers are 1-2 at Minnesota and 1-3 overall in domes following the bye. … The Packers are 8-6 under Green day: With Najeh Davenport out with a broken ankle, the Packers need Ahman Green now more than ever.

Green, who has been slowed by a thigh injury recently, did not play in the 52-3 win over the New Orleans Saints Oct. 9. It was in that game that Davenport broke his ankle and was lost for the season.

This weekend's clash with the Vikings marks a good time for Green to return.

Green is averaging 89.2 rushing yards a game and 5.2 yards a carry in nine games against the Vikings. Last year, Green averaged 5.2 yards a carry while running for 209 yards against Minnesota. Green has had two of his best games as a Packer at the Metrodome. In 2000, Green ran for 161 yards and caught a touchdown pass in a 33-28 victory. Three years later, Green compiled 137 rushing yards a touchdown pass in a 30-27 triumph.

Bits: While the Packers traditionally struggle at Minnesota, they have won their last two there. . … The Packers haven't won three in a row at Minnesota since a five-game streak there in from 1981 to 1985.

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